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FREE Rock Painting & Mandala Community Workshop

  • Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center 5096 New York 28 Mount Tremper, NY, 12457 United States (map)

Would you like to help create a public art installation? Come join us at the Catskill Interpretive Center in Mount Tremper, October 7 and 14th from 11:30-2:30 pm. Come one day or come both days to create a mandala and paint rocks.

Sited along the highly trafficked Route #28, Wisdom Trees; Embracing the Cycles of Life, is an environment developing between two trees on a grassy knoll, seen as viewers drive by and on foot.  The environment encourages all to embrace life’s cycles to live with vitality, peace and grounding leading to individual and communal wellness.  This environment includes two tree installations with simulated stained glass mandalas, as well as a central contemplative arbor, composed of natural elements and simulated stained glass, symbolizing nature and life cycles.  Importantly, this living environment has a participatory, creative dimension.  Intergenerational community members, of diverse backgrounds and abilities, are invited to create two-sided mandalas and hand-painted rocks for pathways that surround the arbor and connect the whole environment.  All are invited.  No previous art experience is required. 

Creating mandalas (ancient Sanskrit word for circle), propagates wholeness.  They have been created by cultures around the globe over centuries of time.  Mandalas are inspired by patterns in nature, such as flowers, birds’ nests and spider webs, as well as man-made architecture, landscape design and sacred places.  Hand-painting rocks is also a meditative, self-expressive, fun exercise which appeals to all.  Rocks of all sizes and shapes invite a wide range of creative responses.  Many are needed to line the pathways of the Wisdom Trees environment.  Some have already been painted by community members, to be viewed for inspiration.

These community workshops are offered by Susan Togut; MFA, Public Artist, Educator, and Therapeutic Facilitator.   Ms. Togut created the Wisdom Trees Environment, as well as many public art and gallery, mixed-media works focused on cycles of nature, the fragility of life and regeneration.  Over the years she facilitated and taught people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with a consciousness of individual and community wellness.  She believes all people are inherently artists and that the arts should be woven into the fabric of daily life.